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February 05, 2009

Mueller Receives NSF Research Supplement

Dr. Frank Mueller, associate professor of computer science at NC State University, has received a $41,024 research supplement from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his participation in the NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems:  Distributed Systems Management.

The award will run from September 1, 2008 through August 31, 2009.

Abstract – The primary objective of this work is to define the system management requirements for the Distributed Grid Intelligence (DGI) within the Intelligent Energy/Fault Management (IEM/IFM).  Requirements are determined from and generated with the System Theory, Modeling and Control (SMC) thrust for control algorithms, the Reliable and Secured Communication (RSC) subthrust for communications, and with computer science and engineering knowledge of system management of distributed resources.  The results of the project are implementations of coordination algorithms for DGI within the testbed and requirements for the overall project and demonstration thrust.

NC State will lead and serve as the headquarters for this national research center that aims to revolutionize the nation’s power grid and speed renewable electric-energy technologies into every home and business.  The FREEDM ERC will partner with universities, industry and national laboratories in 28 states and nine countries.  The center will be supported by an initial five-year $18.5 million grant from NSF with an additional $10 million in institutional support and industry membership fees.  More than 65 utility companies, electrical equipment manufacturers, alternative energy start-ups and other established and emerging firms have committed to joining this global partnership.

For more information on Dr. Mueller, click here.

For more information on the FREEDM Engineering Research Center, click here.


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